Ouch! BUSD approves $242,000 in design work and Attempt #6, a $38 million bond to build one-third of a huge high school in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley!

JUNE 10, 2018: Thanks to everyone who showed up at the Aoril and May Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) board meetings. The next meeting is June 14, 6 PM. Hope to see you there.
In May, BUSD affirmed a site in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley as their preferred site because they own it. It approved $242,000 in design work and a $38 million bond measure (property tax/debt) on the ballot this fall for one third of a 1,500-student high school in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley. Ouch!
What are they thinking? After seven years of deficit spending, BUSD’s reserves are dangerously low, below the legal limit. BUSD’s 2018 graduating class is just 56 students, down 30% from 80 in 2014. BUSD’s high school programs are competing against 32 public high schools and 15 private ones in the area. With over built high schools stealing students from each other, Fallbrook Union High School’s enrollment is down 30%.
So will district residents (from Oceanside to Pala) vote in November to tax themselves for 30 years to pay for one-third of another massive high school, a school their children will never use because it’s located just one mile south of the District’s northern line? Probably not.
BUSD’s Board approved moving forward (off the cliff) anyway. The ignored the fact that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has not been completed. The community has submitted lengthy and detailed comments but BUSD has not yet responded to them.

IMPORTANT: If you love North County, please attend Thursday April 12th BUSD board meeting!

APRIL 10, 2018: Should Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) go to the voters in November 2018 asking for permission to tax them (a bond measure) to build a huge 1,500-student high school at the northern edge of the district in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley?

That’s the million-dollar question.

To ascertain whether, or not, there is community support for another multi-million-dollar high school in North County, or at least enough votes to pass the first in a series of bonds to build one, BUSD hired a company to do a telephone poll of 400 BUSD voters.

Jason List of Urban Futures will share the results of this poll at BUSD’s April 12 board meeting (Thursday, 6 PM, Bonsall Community Center). The agenda will be posted soon and you need to be at this meeting! Please bring a neighbor and spread the word!

Fallbrook Union High School attempted (and failed four times) to pass a bond to build a high school on this same site in Gird Valley. Then it transferred the site, the Great Gird Money Pit, to BUSD and BUSD experienced its first failed bond measure in November 2016. That was Attempt #5.  BUSD is now considering Attempt #6. 

The board meeting on April 12 will decide if BUSD is moving forward or reevaluating. You need to be there! … Read more.

Another busy week: Activist Mark Jackson speaks and BUSD calls a special board meeting. Will BUSD vote for Attempt #6 to build a massive high school in Gird Valley?

APRIL 23, 2018: Thanks to everyone who showed up at the April 12 Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) board meeting. Please see our website for full details on what happened. In a nutshell, we learned that voters polled in BUSD went a little shaky when asked about the Gird Valley site. No wonder. Building a high school in Gird Valley has lost five times at the ballot box, starting with Attempt #1 way back in 1978. Facing organized community resistance, the pollster/bond expert (Jason List of Urban Futures) advised the board to reach out and find a solution that is broadly supported. He’s the second bond expert to caution BUSD’s Board about the dangers of moving forward with a bond measure in 2018, Attempt #6, when faced with opposition that has built over generations. … Read more

SaveGirdValley.com needs your help on the Draft EIR related to Attempt #6 to build a huge high school in Gird Valley


Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) released for public comment its Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a huge 1,500-student high school proposed for a site in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley.

The EIR is available for review via  BUSD  or on our SaveGirdValley.com  website.

The public review/comment period began February 5 and continues through March 22, a scant 45 days. That doesn’t give us much time to read, digest, write and submit comments on this massive 1,800-page document.

Required under California law (CEQA), this EIR is part of the process related to Attempt #6 to pass a bond to build a Walmart-sized school at the southern end of Gird Valley.

Meanwhile, at the same time this EIR is out for comment, BUSD (with 328 students housed in a brand new high school located at the Sullivan Campus in Bonsall) is calling 400 votersin the BUSD school district to see if they support building a new high school for 1,500 in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley.

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BUSD to survey 400 district voters in effort to justify Attempt #6 to build huge high school in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley

The Bonsall Unified School District’s (BUSD) board  is split 3/2 on moving forward on yet another attempt to build a huge high school in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley. Board members Timothy Coen, Erin English and Lou Riddle have voted as a block in favor of building while Sylvia Tucker and Dick Olson are concerned the small district cannot afford to build a second high school after just completing one in 2016 and that the district faces strong community opposition to building a high school in Gird Valley.
Fallbrook Union High School failed to pass a bond to fund a similar folly four times and BUSD has now failed once (Measure DD, 2016). At BUSD’s board meeting in January, a contract was presented to move a bond forward in 2018, Attempt #6 to build a massive 1,500-student high school in Gird Valley.
Tucker and Olson urged the board to proceed with caution, to start by talking with district residents. As a result, the board approved a telephone survey of 400. 

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BUSD calls special meeting to discuss building plans

SEPT. 27, 2017: As part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Gird Road site, BUSD has announced holding a special board meeting on the evening of September 28 to discuss the schematics for building another brand new 1500-student high school and performing arts center. You will want to carefully READ the info on this meeting and, if you can, attend the meeting. BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CEQA WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY.  The BUSD Special Board Meeting on September 28 will start at 5:30 PM and will be held at at BUSD’s brand new  350-student high school in Bonsall 7350 West Lilac Road.

To learn more about the EIR process (under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), please DO ATTEND  a CEQA Workshop  on September 30. This will give us the tools we need to navigate this process. IF YOU CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE OF THESE MEETINGS THIS WEEK, CHOOSE THE CEQA WORKSHOP on September 30! (NOTE: LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED TO Harding Community Center, 3096 Harding Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008.)

The proposed location on Gird Road has lost at the ballot box fully five times. BUSD has been deficit spending for the last six years and it projects only 352 students enrolled in its high school by 2019/2020. So why does it keep rolling forward attempting to build this massive development so far north in the school district and so close to Fallbrook High School? Why does it ignore such long term and organized community opposition?

The Board has three members who refuse to commit to another site (Coen, English and Riddle) and two members committed to keeping within budget and finding a site for a high school (long term) in a location the community will support (Olson, Tucker).

If you love North County San Diego and Fallbrook and hate fighting poorly planned development, we need you!

Lest we forget, here’s what they told us in 2012

SEPT. 28, 2017: July 2012: California Department of Education (CDE) analysis notes that “Upon unification, the district’s plan for the high school facility is to convert the existing Sullivan Middle School site into a high school over a 4 year period.  The first year after unification would include 9th graders at the site, the 2nd year after unification would include both 9th and 10th graders, etc., until after 4 years of unification all 4 grades of high school (9 through 12) would be located at the site.  The current enrollment at the middle school is 533 students.  At this time, the site has 10 excess capacity classrooms for additional students if needed. This would provide ample space for the projected enrollment of 513 students for all four grades of high school. In addition, the site has a special education classroom and regional program currently housed on site. (Attachment 6.).”

The County Committee Study reports that the Fallbrook Union HSD has no school sites or facilities within the territory of the Bonsall Union ESD, but owns a 50-acre undeveloped parcel of land (Gird Road property) located in the Bonsall Union ESD. Because the parcel is undeveloped and has never been a school site, this study recommends the districts negotiate the value and disposition of the parcel. (At a meeting December 12, 2011, the Fallbrook Union HSD Board of Trustees declared the Gird Road property surplus.) (attachment 1) …“The board has studied the facilities issue and believes that SMS can house very adequately the small high school that it envisions. We do not want, nor do we need a massive brick and mortar high school that it envisions……Nor do we need fifty acres of dirt to accomplish our mission. …projections indicate that the ongoing state fiscal crisis, declining enrollment, and increases in operating costs have affected Fallbrook Union HSD’s fiscal health but recommends that SBE adopt the Negative Declaration in that there is no substantial evidence that the project (proposed unification) will have a significant effect on the environment. Based on BUSD’s submission, the CDE determines, “The proposed unification action will not result in a significant effect to land use and planning as construction of new facilities on undisturbed land is not proposed. The new parking lot will be located on mowed grass at an existing school. The Continuation School will be located on property that currently houses a fire station. As such, there will be no division of an established community, and no conflict with applicable land use plans. There is no existing habitat conservation or natural community conservation plans that effect either the existing school sites or the fire station site. (page 16)... Parking Facilities will include additional 100 parking spaces are to be located just south of the current parking lot of approximately 100 spaces at Sullivan Middle School. (attachment 9) …”